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Joe McWilliams I know for a fact people still read books. I met one of them a few weeks ago. He had no friends and the neighbours were throwing rocks at him. The neighbourhood dogs were howling for a piece…

Jeff Burgar Roughly speaking, Big Lakes County taxpayers pay their politicians about $24,000 per year – each – for travel allowance, meals, meetings and general “get yourself ready for meetings” stuff. The Town of High Prairie pays about $15,000 per…

Chris Clegg Editor, South Peace News The lack of an effective lobby for renal dialysis services in High Prairie from the Lesser Slave Lake Health Advisory Council is alarming. Consider the following. Linda Hughes, chair, Alberta Health Services Board, wrote…

RE: Dialysis in High Prairie There is a bit of a dustup in town right now. A while back the Buchanan family donated $350,000 to the new hospital- with the preference that it be put toward dialysis or something like…

Richard Froese Who says small rural and northern communities are not supported by provincial and federal governments? Residents in the High Prairie region have great reason to celebrate, not one, but two big news stories. After waiting many years, the…

Alternate use suggested for facility slated for demolition The presence of our new hospital facility fills me with happiness with the prospect of added strength and hope for our surrounding communities. In keeping with such forward-thinking practices, I wonder if…

Jeff Burgar In the grand scheme of things, it was likely inevitable legalizing marijuana across Canada would happen one of these days. Pot and hash, both strong and weak versions, have been sometimes in easy supply and other days, not…

Mac Olsen It was surprising to hear on April 3 that the National Hockey League will not allow its players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. As regrettable as that will be for some fans,…

Jeff Burgar Election season rolls around this fall. What could have been a major, major issue – the dissolution of the Town of High Prairie – is not on the radar. There are two reasons for this. First, Mayor Linda…

Jeff Burgar Remember Stephen Duckett? He was the fellow, an expert hired by our provincial government of the day in 2009. Duckett was from Australia and was to ‘save’ Alberta’s health care system. Duckett ran into a few problems trying…

Jeff Burgar It was casually mentioned last week by a provincial government staffer that if one wants health care improvements in our region, it’s up to the public to ‘keep the pressure on’ politicians. Over and over again, this simple…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News The issue of sponsoring community events always raises a few eyebrows at the local coffee shops. The question is simple: should High Prairie town council and Big Lakes County council be involved in the…

Tom Henihan These days, the way out of obscurity, especially for no account politicians and senators, is to say something stupid or outrageous and have the media shine a light on you. Sometimes those outrageous statements are calculated to draw…